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better government. even so, this congress is slow to move legislation even issues both parties want to tackle. they can't find compromise. >> there's certainly plenty blame to go around. >> reporter: she was talking about cyber security but it could be said about congress's large stack of unfinished business. one congressman said he still has hope. >> it's a bit like an clock in my mind. i think the place has to hit bottom before they realize they have a problem and fix it. >> reporter: congress will have a lot to fix in the fall. some of the biggest issues, huge issue and that is whether or how to extend that he has bush era tax cuts. >> it's even closer to the election when they come back. what do you think are the chances this gets any better?
>> reporter: between now and november, slim to none. i can probably predict it could get worse in terms of polarization here. the big question will be what happens after november in the so-called lame duck session which will be long and very important. that's going to depend on what happens in november. that's really going to decide what happens with some of these big issues especially the one i mentioned. >> you'll be so busy following the election either way. dana bash from the hill. thanks for that. it's mitt romney versus h r harry reid. the senate majority leader said an unnamed investor at romney's former private equity firm bain capital told him that romney had not paid taxes for a decade. cnn political editor paul steinhouser joining me. how is he firing back and how
can he do this short of releasing his tax returns. >> which he won't do. he is firing back forcefully. this started earlier in the week when the senate majority leader accused mitt romney of not paying his taxes in prior years. he went on the senate floor to say the same thing. take a listen yesterday on the senate floor. >> the words out he hasn't been any taxes for ten years. let him move he has paid taxes because he hasn't. >> harry reid says it's a credible source but he won't name the source. mitt romney firing back today. he was in las vegas, nevada for a campaign event. he held a media availability after that. he was asked and he said show your cards. take a listen. >> harry reid has to put up or
shut up. harry, who are your sources? let's have harry explain who that is. i've paid taxes every year and a lot of taxes, a lot of taxes. harry is wrong. >> mitt romney has released his 2010 tax returns. he's released an estimate for 2011. he says he'll release the whole return when it's completed. he got an extension. he refuses to release anymore than that. democrats have been pushing back. we have been talking about this for quite some time. they are saying what are you hiding. show all your other tax returns. he says won't do it because he's doing what he needs to do. he says if he releases more it will give them more to search through and more to attack him on. >> there's this element of the obama campaign wanting to show that mitt romney is out of touch. at the very least his tax returns show how wealthy he is
and fact that a lot of wealthy americans sort of find ways to pay a lower tax rate. i'm wondering how do the american people feel about this issue? is it resonating or are they just like i've heard way too much of this? >> there's a partisan devied on this. take a look at this. this poll was conducted a few weeks ago. all americans, 36% said they wanted to hear more about mitt romney's tax returns. when you break it down. over half democrats say they feel that way. only 18% of republicans. for republicans this is issue is not resonating. they are sticking with mitt romney. among democrats, they feel this is an issue that could help them. >> i'm shurp they ure they do. thank you. syria, the violence doesn't stop. members of the united nations are blaming each other for not stepping in. it does something to your heart. i think what people like most about the grilled food is the taste.
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approves another resolution. this expressing rave concern over the deteriorating conflict in syria. jim clancy joining me now. kofi anan resigning yesterday. what does it do? does it really do anything and is the u.n. mission totally in jeopardy in syria? >> in a word, it does nothing. i only use that word nothing because there isn't another word in the english language that means anything less. you talk about the mission. it would appear by the middle of august we may be losing that whole observer force. it's mandate play not be renewed. there's a lack of cohesion. you have one set of country that don't want to see any regime change. even the resolution was watered
down. they had to water it down. they had to withdraw wording that would have called for the resignation of bashar al-assad. what we have here is complete collapse of diplomacy. people are looking on. they are very frustrated. they want to do something. it will have absolutely no affect on what's happening on the ground. what's happening on the ground can be pretty frightening today. >> what are the politics and why did they even pursue this if it means nothing? >> they wanted to pursue it because they wanted to put pressure on. i don't think it accomplished that in any way shape or form. it sends a clear message that it can go ahead and do what it needs to do. what it thinks it needs to do with impunity because no one is going to intervene. we have 75 people that are said to have been killed today. we have 27 thought to be been killed in and around damascus. 13 in aleppo.
this is going on. the clock is ticking on aleppo. we're looking to see the syrians hit aleppo and hit hard with full force. this is the biggest most populous city in the country. >> kofi anon is gone. has someone been named to replace him or does it even matter? >> there's discussion but raise your hands, all of you who want to be put out front and center in the midst of this with no backing, no unified backing with the assembly to do something. we see right now the regime isn't going to comply with any of the points. >> it's a neutered position who wants to be put in that position? >> exactly. what's the point. we have a radicalization going
on. that's radicalization going on. what we have here is a proxy war between russia and iran supporting syria and the west including the united states trying to support the opposition in here. >> it sounds like that's the next step. >> it's that proxy war and the world is going to have to look on. the people inside syria are desperate at this hour. i think they have given up hope of getting of that assistance from the united nations. >> thank you so much. nc our fredricka whitfield has this privilege and shares her insights, next. that cloud is in the network, so it can deliver all the power of the network itself. bringing people together to develop the best ideas -- and providing the apps and computing power
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>> he can't do backstroke like you. >> i got him on that. >> it's a perfect match. >> it is. >> he does need to work on his lines a bit. they're a piece of history, men and women who will be forever known as olympians. our own fredricka whitfield's father is a gold winning track star. it's the ultimate behind the scenes view. >> reporter: what's it's like traveling to london with the man known as marvelous mal. 62 years after he won a bronze in the 800 meter. see for yourself? doors opened for olympians like dad. invi tags pour tations pow iict
to shake. also meeting up with olympians from the games following world war ii and other summer games that follow. >> won three medals. >> reporter: 90-year-old bronze jump, herb douglas. >> it was a marvelous beginning. here we are 64 years later. >> reporter: stand out triple jumper ira davis from the 1956, '6 '60, '64 games. >> they were icons. i'm a bit younger. i'm only 75. i looked up to them. they were special in my life pop to shake this moment with them, you can't imagine how i feel. >> reporter: 1988 olympic race walker gary morgan. >> it's always great to reconnect with your fellow
olympians, to see what they have done and where we have all kind of went, what we're still doing. >> reporter: at 87, dad is in a wheelchair. his legs too a real beating from a career of hard training and competing using less than sophisticated equipment by today's measure. >> can i get a hug? >> reporter: his words are few in his frail state. instead his eyes and smile say everything. my brother and i feel privileged to witness first hand these moments. dad told us he feels right at home here, six decades after setting an olympic record. together again in their golden years. their memory far from tarnished. their olympic flame not to be extinguished. fredricka whitfield, cnn, london. >> he's amazing and still a trooper all these years later. very exciting to be back there in london. nearly four years without a
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>> we should give middle class families and small business owners, a guarantee that their tax will not go up next year. when family vs the security noefing their taxes won't go up, they're more likely to spend and more likely to grow the economy. when small business owners have certainty on taxes and can plan ahead, they're more likely to hire and create new jobs. >> meanwhile republican candidate, mitt romney, took a jab at president obama's track record on job creation. >> of course today we just got a new number from the unemployment report and it's another hammer blow to the struggling middle class families of america because the president has not had policies that put american families back to work. i do. i'll put them in place and get america working again. >> a california man got emotional on the first day of his new job. he's been looking for work for nearly four years. he used to wear fancy suit to
the office every day. we have more on his struggle to survive and his victory. >> reporter: start of the day and a new full-time job for ernie. these first steps on the los angeles tarmac have been nearly four years in the making. >> how long were you unemployed? >> going on four years november 6. >> four years? >> yes. >> reporter: barack obama started his new job as president. a short time after he lost his job making big bucks as a mortgage broker. cnn met him as a sub prime mortgage wreaked havoc on the economy and his own career. >> driving expensive cars and having the expensive suit. i'm just like everybody else looking for work. it humbles you. >> reporter: he not only lost his job, but his home and his marriage. he moved in with his mother. he went to job fairs and
networks sending out hundreds of resum resumes. he started his own computer consulting company and never took off. he put this ad on craigslist stating i need a job. last year still unemployed he hit downtown los angeles carrying a sign. >> i'm so tired of collecting unemployment. >> i think there's a lot of us who know we're not that far away where you are. >> reporter: last week he was at rock bottom. >> i had something to eat. didn't have money for gas. i look under my car seat and i had $1.65. >> reporter: that paid for the gas that took him to meet anaa and she gave him a job as a supervisor for her cleaning company. >> he deserves it. everyone deserves to work.
have you ever been unemployed? >> reporter: as the next presidential election looms with the economy, political intentions may surprise you. >> who are you going to vote for? >> obama. >> why not vote for mitt romney? >> he, i don't think he's with the people. >> reporter: he says obama less distasteful and romney deserves more time. he says his long jobless ordeal shows him there's no easy path out of unemployment and no quick fix for this sluggish economy. >> as the economy stumbles and more people are concerned about imagining their debt, we're keeping an eye on your credit report is becoming very important as we see in today's help desk. >> here on the help desk today we're helping you clear up your credit report. with me now liz miller and doug anyone. this question is for you liz.
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the widow of a man gunned down outside a day care center is now charged in connection with his death. she was taken into custody yesterday. she conspired with her lover and former boss to have her husband killed so they could continue their affair and get about $3 million in the husband's life insurance money. prosecutors say they she really tripped up. she made mistakes when she testified against her ex-boss.
how did her testimony hurt her own case? >> i called this back in february during newman's trial on this network. i called it. i knew this was going to happen to her. she set herself up by testifying. all those statements are going to be used in her trial against her and probably were the basis for the inindictment with respect to murder charges, perjury. the list goes on. >> attorneys for her alleged lover and ex-boss who you just referenced, he may cooperate with the prosecution that andrea played him like a yo-yo. how does that affect the case? >> let me say this. mr. newman was found guilty but also found to be mentally ill. he's not going to be the greatest cooperatocooperator. he has a motive po lie because the prosecution is going to help him with sentencing or put him in facility that will be more
comfortable. the next part in terms of his credibility, he's been deemed mentally ill. who is the yo-yo here? >> why is the prosecution considering that? >> i think the prosecution may have a weak case against her. they are just putting it out there. perhaps they want to have the defense kind of be on the defensive and be concerned that newman may testify. maybe they're trying to get a plea deal out of this so they don't have to go to trial. >> very interesting. very confusing case here. thank you so much for being with us. we have some breaking news that we're going to jump to now. here is what's going on. multiple crews are at the scene of a wildfire. this is in cleveland county, oklahoma. this is happening right now in oklahoma. firefighters say the blaze began
near locally 123rd street and cemetery road. it's now moved to 127th street. this has gone a few blocks. no one has been evacuated. there's several people who have left voluntarilvoluntarily. you can imagine why. two helicopters are busines busg water. crews have closed roads. this is interesting, oklahoma. we've not seen a lot of wildfires there. >> it's been very dry. we went from about 50% d-3 to about 70% of oklahoma being in d-3 in the past week. that means it hasn't rained at all. this is suburban oklahoma city. cleveland county is the next county south of oklahoma county and oklahoma county is where oklahoma city is. looking at the picture, winds blowing about 20 to 30 miles per
hour. they are not keeping up with the fire. they just can't. you see people out there with shirts and pants that are trying to beat the fire down. this is way beyond that. this is into trees. they are in the cedars and the scrub little oaks in there. i lived up in edmond. this will go for a while. in will go until the winds start to calm down. that may not be until 8:00 or 9:00 at night. if you smell smoke right now in cleveland county, we're talking not that far from moore. you can see this is even far out. if you smell smoke right now, you may be in the path of the wind coming from that direction. that's the direction that the embers would come from. it's time to take those precautions. get the cars inside and get your stuff packed up. >> if people are not being evacuated yet, is that because this happened so quickly?
this is something at a certain point you may have to take matters in your own hands in terms of making a choice to leave. >> don't make the government make you move. be smarter than that. move on your own. if you feel in danger move out of the way. that's a 30-foot flame that just sparked up. that's sending hot burning embers into the smoke and the sky. that will land down wind even if it's quarter mile down wind. they start to hyper jump. it's not just one big line of fire or smoke that runs along. you'll start to jump a half a mile ahead with new embers coming. the ground has been so dry. even grass will burn at this dryness with this type of wind. look how the wind is blowing the fire straight down. there are homes in the way here. firefighters are in structure protection mode right now. they are not trying to put this out. they are trying to make the houses last through this.
we'll get back to this in a second. >> we'll get more information. breaking news here at cnn as we follow this fire. this is in suburban oklahoma city. a populated area outside of oklahoma city. we'll have more for you after the break. ♪ ( whirring and crackling sounds ) man: assembly lines that fix themselves. the most innovative companies are doing things they never could before, by building on the cisco intelligent network.
developing in near oklahoma city, i should say. the suburbs outside of oklahoma city. this is a populated area. multiple crews are at the scene of this wildfire. this is cleveland county. firefighters say that the blaze began there in the area. it appears to have gone several blocks. this area where you can see lot of homes and structures. no one has been evacuated. it seems this is obviously popped up pretty recently. no injuries. that's the good news. we do understand there are helicopters. we have seen video of them as they trying to dump water on the blaze. how can they keep up with this? >> you can't keep up with what they have there now. this is koco, my old affiliate in oklahoma city. i can find this fire on radar. radar picks up rain is what
you're thinking. no radar picks up things in the sky. the radar is picking up the smoke particles in sky. this is a little bit farther off to the east. a little bit farther, maybe six, eight miles south of lake thunderbird. that's where we're talking about this wildfire right there. it's kind of in a wild land area. homes are far spread out. not really in neighborhoods. they haven't plowed this up to make big neighborhoods. there's more than one fire. that's how dry this is. that may have been a spark from one fire flying that far in the wind and making another. this is going to be one of those days, there may be 40 wild nifi in oklahoma because there's a high risk of when one spark goes, i've seen people park on the side of the road and the catalytic converter being hot starting these dry grasses on fire.
that's how tender and dry this tough is. it will go in an instant. >> the really illuminates not just the problem in oklahoma but a number of states that are experiencing this drought. can you sort of deduce that the sparks are jumping from one fire to another area. when you get a flame like that, a big flame and they are blowing in the wind waiting to land somewhere else. the wheels can start wildfires there. it happens all the time. these wildfires go and you just need to be out of the way when they are coming to you. you can't save your home. you can't be a hero at this point in time. save yourself. >> just to be really clear but
is this an oklahoma city suburb? >> i would still consider it to be oklahoma city suburb. it's probably 15 or 20 miles south of downtown oklahoma city. it's about eight miles or south of there. that yellow line that goes all the way south to norman and keeps going, that's a very highly populated area. the wind is blowing from the southwest and not toward that populated area. this has a good start. it has an awful lot of pieces to it. this will go for a while. >> thank you very much. we'll be keeping an eye on the grass fire. next, we'll be talking sports with the commander in chief. president obama called into a radio talk show in ohio. >> when you go to a game, do you have like 18 people that have to taste your beer when you go to the game before you can get a sip of it?
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there are helicopters on the scene dumping water, but it's really a tough road. very hard to keep up. jerry lyka is on the phone with us now. jerry, what can you tell us about this fire and the prognosis for containing it? >> well, the wind conditions have changed. they have increased some. we have gusts from the southwest, 15 to 25. the humidity keeps, seems like it's getting lower. we're down to 13% and our temperature is 110 degrees. the conditions are very difficult for us. we do have a request for a second helicopter. the situation is not improving there. otherwise they would be scaling back. we can anticipate that it's going to get worse before it gets better. >> our meteorologist chad meyers jumping in here with a question.
he's also familiar with the area. >> it seems like a dangerous day out there for you. tell me what the crews will go through with 110 degrees and getting close to the fire. are you going to try to contain these things or let them burn? >> unfortunately, in this particular situation we have many, many homes, 75 to 100 homes that are threatened. standing back and watching it happen is not an option. unfortunately, the firefighters can't tolerate with the protective clothing that they wear, dragging the hose and the physical exertion they can't stand that long without having to move out. we go through a lot of personnel. hopefully they'll be able to contain it if the wind does not continue to escalate. >> this is kind of a wild land area. have you heard about any animals
or horses that might be in trouble? >> no. we haven't even had verification that homes have burned yet. the biggest fear is it's getting very close to them, but we don't have verification it's happened yet. >> all right jerry lojka with emergency management. we'll be keeping an eye on the wildfire. appreciate your time there. we'll be bringing you any news we have regarding this fire as we get it in. now we're talking sports. sports with the commander in chief. president obama calls radio talk show in ohio. is it just shooting the breeze or calculated battleground politics? you know it's the latter. we're going to be talking to the host, coming up. reathing intelligence teaching data how to do more for business. [ beeping ] in here, data knows what to do. because the network finds it and tailors it across all the right points, automating all the right actions, to bring all the right results.
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regular beat is the white house in washington, d.c. i know first hand just how hard it is to get a one-on-one interview with the president of the united states unless you're a duo known as the common man and the torg. they got an exclusive eight and a half minutes with president obama wednesday when he was in the state campaigning. one of the topics, the may seem weird but it was the original dream team. the 1992 u.s. olympic basketball team and whether they would lose to this year's olympic team. >> there's no way that those guys can be as dominate, this team can be as dominate as though guys were. the separation between us and other countries was so great. now you look at france, they have tony parker. you got, everybody can play.
>> joining me now is the hosts from 97.1 the fan. were there any rules you had to follow. how did the campaign say you know we want to do this? >> flthere no rules. according to them they requested coming on our show. we set the rules. we said we wouldn't talk politics. it had to be 100% sports. we didn't have to have preapproved questions. they sent over suggested questions but they were not going to be used in this interview. we just wanted to hit on everything that's topical in sports. very cool. i thought for sure he was going to want to preapprove the questions and he didn't. >> you threw the suggested questions out the door. >> they weren't any good. >> yeah, they weren't good.
>> that's hilarious. why do you think you were chosen? you're in ohio. i will tell you to interject a little politics, there was a recent poll, that showed president obama up on mitt romney even within the margin of error. obama, 50. romney, 44. this obviously had something to do with why you were chosen. >> of course. he wanted to appeal to a certain demographic. we knew what it was. it's one of those things where people say do you feel like you're being used. maybe. i'm a talk show host. it's not my job to baby sit the weak and the uninformed. if you're going to base your vote on sports conversation, then you need to inform yourself a bit better. >> we're on cnn now. we're hoping to hang around and be on "the situation room" with wolf in a bit. >> he's pretty knowledgeable about sports. were you impressed?
>> absolutely. you know what i was impressed about is that he answered honestly and gave in length answers too. look at the college coaches out there. they are kind of defending joe paterno and penn state. he was very harsh. he gave his honest answer about tim tebow and the jets. that was pretty impressive. you know how the politicians are. they try to spin it a certain way but he gave an honest answer. >> common man mike. we have 30 seconds left. to be fair, have you reached out to mitt romney's people and is there an open invitation for him to come on? >> we said it on the air. we said mitt romney can come on any time. the only reason why the president was on and the governor wasn't is because the president called. mitt romney, call me up. you can call my cell any time. we'll get you on eight and a half minutes. we'll talk michigan football. >> olympics. >> whatever you want. >> thank you so much.
i'm brianna keilar. thank you for joining us. stay tuned for "the situation roo room". happening now, a new unemployment report and the race for the white house. some surprising numbers and what they mean for the candidates. also, condemnation and grave concern for syria at the unite nationed as dozens more die in civil war fighting. roller coaster diplomacy. we now know the identity of this mystery man spotted at amusement park. wolf blitzer is off today. you're in the situation room. it's part economics snapshot, part political football and there's only three more jobs reports coming out
before the november election. the latest one released today has something for everybody. the labor didn't reports better than job gains in july. the unemployment rate still picked up a notch. dan, how does all this play out on the campaign trail? >> reporter: for mitt romney it allows him to say see, i told you so. unemployment still going up. it's still above 8%. what the president is doing is not working. the president was putting the spotlight on what he says is working even though he admitted there's still a lot of pain. >> thank you everybody. >> reporter: surrounded by a group of hand picked middle class and workers, president obama defended his policies and emphasized gained in a struggling economy. 163,000 jobs created in july. 1.1 million so far this year. 4.5 million over the last 29 months. >> those are our neighbors and